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Edged weapons vs IIIA body armor
#1
Figured you knife type fellows would find this interesting:

Vest is a 1993 manufacture Safariland IIIA with ballistic stab panels. No trauma plate installed for these tests:

Sorry for the crappy lighting and Philly accent. LOL...

Weapons tested:

*US M7 bayonet
*Cold Steel Warrior Series Katana 
*Native American throwing spear

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uhr0mg5to4 

Conclusion: Stab panels really work, even vs full power sword thrusts with high quality weapons. (I am not sure what it's exact ballistic rating is, but the blunt force trauma/stab panel that comes in this vest can stop 180gr full power 10mm JHP all by itself)
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#2
Great review if you need ideas for another review a Pa state police officer told me a bow and arrow could defeat a good vest? True or false?
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#3
I'd like to test it, but i don't have a bow or X-bow to try it out. I suspect that a IIIA with stab protection will probably stop an arrow, but i don't have any proof one way or another. I suspect that a IIIA without stab protection will probably not stop an arrow. But again, just my opinion based on the testing i've done.
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#4
I have an older compound Id like to see it tested some bows go 365 fps that I believe is faster than we could possibly thrust but Id like to test it as well but If I try it on my vest my company will charge me for the vest!!
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#5
If you can get to Philly, we can try it out.
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#6
Nice test. I like how you threw in the sword, too. I'm sure that the only reason you would have to make a thrusting attack with that sword is because all the other appendages were previously removed from the bad guy! Big Grin
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#7
Haha!!! "To hell and back" was an understatement when you turned it around and we saw the other panel.
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#8
Here is some info on how the test is done in a lab.

https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/183652.pdf
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#9
steelcityk9cop;16711 Wrote:Haha!!! "To hell and back" was an understatement when you turned it around and we saw the other panel.
LOL, yep, i blasted the hell out of that vest with 12ga 3" mag sabot slugs, .500 S&W, 5.7mm, 5.56mm, .45, 10mm, 9mm+P+.....it stopped almost all of it.

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#10
I'm thinking a bow and a fixed broadhead would penetrate. But the vest would have to have something in it, like a person was wearing it... Garbage bag full of modeling clay? lol


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